Mateusz Gamrot discusses his friendship with Joanna Jędrzejczyk; “I wish him all the best in life”
Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk has announced her retirement from mixed martial arts following her UFC 275 rematch with Weili Zhang.
At UFC 185, Jędrzejczyk won the UFC Strawweight Championship, defeating current and current champion Carla Esparza by TKO in the second round. The win made Jędrzejczyk the first Polish-born fighter to become a UFC champion. Fellow countryman and friend Mateusz Gamrot pulled off his UFC Vegas 57 main event against Arman Tsarukyan on Saturday.
After her victory, Gamrot spoke about his friendship with Joanna Jędrzejczyk during the post-fight press conference.
“Joanna is my really good friend,” Gamrot said. “She helped me a lot when I signed a contract with the UFC. She helped me a lot on a daily basis. She gave me a lot of motivation and now I’m so happy that she’s retiring because I think she deserves it. She deserves all that is beautiful in life.
Debuting in 2014, Jędrzejczyk won back-to-back fights over Juliana Lima and Claudia Gadelha to secure a title shot against Esparza. Jędrzejczyk defended his title five times before losing to ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.
Gamrot calls Joanna Jędrzejczyk a ‘true warrior’
“She was a superstar in the UFC for many years,” Gamrot said. “She was five, six times world champion. She’s done it all in the UFC, but she’s a real warrior. She’s a real fighter, she’s strong mentally, but I wish her the best in life. No matter what she wants to do in life, I’ll keep my fingers [crossed] and of course, I will support her.
Jędrzejczyk would go on to lose five of her last seven fights, although the losses came against very tough competition in Namajunas, Zhang and current flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. At UFC 248, Jędrzejczyk faced Zhang in a fight that many experts consider the greatest women’s mixed martial arts fight of all time. Zhang would win via a closely contested split decision.
Following the loss at UFC 275, Jędrzejczyk announced his retirement while speaking with Daniel Cormier.
“Guys, I love life so much,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m retired, guys. I love you so much. Thank you for your support.”